- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Hachette India (19 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789351951742
- ISBN-13: 978-9351951742
- ASIN: 935195174X
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bite of the Black Dogs Paperback – 19 Jul 2017
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About the Author
Sanjay Bahadur’s debut novel, The Sound of Water, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been published in the US and in Italy. His second novel, HUL: Cry Rebel, was published in 2013. Sanjay is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and is presently the Commissioner of Income Tax in Mumbai.
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Set in the backdrop of Kashmir – 1997 when a deadly bunch of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists have infiltrated into Indian Kashmir to carry out a deadly attack and abduction, the novel takes us on a gripping journey. With Kashmir as the backdrop and operations of the Indian Special Forces centerstage, BOTBD takes us through spectacular Kashmir, intricate workings of how our Army and other paramilitary forces combine together to carry out the difficult task of keeping Kashmir and Kashmiris safe whilst also upholding every thing we as a nation stand for. But even more wonderfully, the novel gives us an insight into how various agencies of the govt including the civil service, combine and collaborate in such an endeavour. On the one hand, Sanjay tells this story as a series of most compelling, deep and endearing human exchanges but on the other also encapsulates it in tremendous detail and research. These multiple discourses of army formations, actions, emotion seamlessly run through very real settings of breakfasts in Hyderabad estate, drinks in an officers' mess and raids for counterfeit currency in a business man’s office and hot pursuits, gun battles, stakeouts and hand to hand combat! The characters come well and truly alive in Major Vyom Pokhriyal aka Veep, his sahayak 'sanjay', Capt. Bobby, Gen Reddy, Judy, Quadir and many more but in so doing the author's penchant for detail and depth of research in all his writings is taken to another masterly level in BOTBD. Whilst the topography of Kashmir, its terrain, valleys and villages is exceptionally real and striking, we also get to see and hear code like ‘lying doggo’ hand signals alongside wonderful description of the weaponry used by the terrorists, as Anti National Elements (ANEs). Throughout the amazing trajectory of the novel and across multiple settings and situations, the banter between men and officers both in the Army, UNMOGIP as well as the civil service is real and charming. Of course this banter is just the lighter, human side of what is a deadly mission – one which has tremendous global meaning and impact.
Above all to me this novel is exceptional because as a work of literary fiction inspired by real actions of our security forces, it took me to another level of sensory experiences. I could see the valley, taste the food and drink and smell the fear, adrenaline, excitement and the marvellous courage and valour of our special forces. This is master craftsmanship at work and for this Bite of The Black Dogs is a tour de force. There is much in this book for every kind of reader to love. Jai Hind ki Sena. Jai Hind!
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